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Carlos Quentin drops appeal, begins serving eight-game suspension on Sunday

Apr 14, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

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Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin has dropped the appeal of his eight-game suspension and will begin serving the sentence on Sunday. This according to staff writer Scott Bair of the North County Times.

Quentin charged at Dodgers starter Zack Greinke and broke the right-hander’s left collarbone on Thursday after getting hit by a pitch. That set off a benches-clearing brawl that resulted in Dodgers utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. receiving a one-game suspension of his own. Hairston appealed that but hasn’t heard back from the commissioner’s office.

Quentin was hoping to have his sentence reduced a few games, but he wasn’t going to be very active in the Padres’ upcoming series with the Dodgers — to avoid added drama — so he decided to go ahead and get the eight-game suspension started. That should be a heated three-game set even without Quentin around.

Greinke underwent surgery for his fractured clavicle on Sunday and will miss the next eight weeks. Quentin, 30, was batting .174/.310/.304 with no homers and four strikeouts through 29 plate appearances.

  1. oldpaddy - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Only in america does the victim drop the charges.

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      Only in America does someone call the bone-breaker a victim.

  2. mudhead123 - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Victim? People get hit all the time without rushing the pitcher like a linebacker

  3. nysportsrule - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Even though I do think he should have been suspended, 8 games is too many. I would’ve liked to see 4 or 5 at the max.

  4. icanspeel - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Smart move since Quentin would sadly be in danger going to LA. Already heard of too many LA fans willing to throw batteries or do other stupid stuff if he was on the field. Besides Quentin hasn’t done much this year for the Padres, so using Denorfia over him his a vast improvement at this point

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      Wish the Padres had made that move before their series against the Dodgers.

    • woodyqq2 - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      “Besides Quentin hasn’t done much this year for the Padres”, 174 average is doing nothing for them. they can afford to hang him up for the year and get a single A player to do the same or better without the garbage this package brings with him

  5. oldpaddy - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    I think we can all agree that grienke is at fault here. I am shocked that Quentin has been rail roaded into a suspension.
    Shame on you mlb!

    • raysfan1 - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      As you can tell from the thumbs up/down votes, no, we do not all agree with you. Even were we to assume that Greinke is lying when he says he did not hit Quentin intentionally, that still does not excuse Quentin’s own actions. He more than earned his suspension.

      • gloccamorra - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:33 PM

        Charging the mound earns the suspension and 4-10 games, with 6 the average, is what MLB hands out, to be consistent. I probably would have been cut to six on appeal. The injury shouldn’t be part of the equation, since a good lawyer like Craig Calcaterra will tell you it would be hard to prove in court the initial contact caused it.

      • raysfan1 - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        Now you I agree with, gloc

      • stercuilus65 - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        Gloc, if he had not initiated the brawl the injury would never have occurred regardless of what hit caused it.
        IMHO injury should be part of the equation.

    • yankeefanincolo - Apr 15, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      112 thumbs down on a post that drips of sarcasm, but 112 didn’t get it. It was a good post, oldpaddy, but you should have noted that you were being sarcastic because obviously most didn’t get it.

      • manchestermiracle - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        You obviously haven’t read any of his other posts. I find it hard to believe he intended to be facetious in any of them.

  6. Glenn - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Off topic, but Clay Buchholz has a no-hitter after seven innings. The pitch count is getting high, though.

  7. historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Please, Kemp, think of your grandparents. Don’t do anything to get hurt.

  8. randygnyc - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Too bad. He should’ve gotten just a few games. No doubt, would’ve been reduced.

    • jollyjoker2 - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      Yep, I would love to play baseball with you randyg! I would get the other 9 guys to break every bone in your body after you looked at me wrong and I would be happy to sit out the next game.

  9. melkipershero - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    If his suspension would have been reduced he wouldnt have dropped it

    • bolweevils2 - Apr 15, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      Maybe he would. Say his appeal would have saved him one or two games off his suspension. If he wasn’t going to play in the Dodger series anyway while awaiting appeal, he’d still end up missing more games. This way the Dodger game, which he wouldn’t have played in, count toward his suspension at least.

  10. onbucky96 - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    To quote Matt Millen “devout coward”. No guts, did he just put the x on the Padres next best hitter? I can’t name him as the Padres are not any good. Grow a pair and get back out there Carlos.

    • gloccamorra - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      The Padres’ “next best” hitter is Headley, and he’s better than Quentin. He’s also not likely to be back for the Dodgers series anyway. The other “next best” hitter who is better than Quentin is Grandal, and he’s out on a drug suspension. Maybe they’ll go after first baseman Alonso, since he was the only Padre besides Quentin on the field before the pile-up of Dodgers that probably broke Grienke’s clavicle.

  11. rohlo - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    -post from an espn writer:

    Quentin had been hit Twice in two games this season by Dodgers pitchers and had to sit out a game with a hurt wrist already.

    Greinke, a pitcher known for his exceptional control, (46 HBP in 10 MLB seasons with 21 of those in 2004 and 2005 – TOP 5 in control in MLB over past 8 seasons with 3 HBP per season) has now hit Quentin 3 times in the 8 games they have faced each other lifetime. In 2009 Quentin missed time because Greinke plunked him. Quentin had hit 3 home runs off Greinke prior to this game.

    Then Greinke says something to Quentin after hitting him on purpose. Seriously!

    And to compound that, he tries to throw a shoulder into a 235 lb linebacker looking guy? WTF are you stupid? Guess we know the answer to that one.

    And for Mattingly to even TRY to say that Quentin crowds the plate is ludicrous. Take a look at this photo of the plate appearance – (pic.twitter.com/RYJcXrIkSq)

    Kemp DOES crowd the plate – (pic.twitter.com/LBpG2sHjWA)
    And Kemp got an inside pitch that did not hit him that was a 78 mph CHANGEUP, not a 93 MPH fastball. He should just be glad that was not Cashner on the mound.

    And then Kemp had to be restrained by police after the game where the padres clayton richard towered over him and got in between the two players who were jabbering back n forth..all talk kemp!!!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      And for Mattingly to even TRY to say that Quentin crowds the plate is ludicrous. Take a look at this photo of the plate appearance – (pic.twitter.com/RYJcXrIkSq)

      We could look at one twitter pic, or look at all his HBP’s in the Pitch F/X era. What does pitch f/x say:

      Quentin’s rate of being hit by pitches within six inches of the inside corner is 20 times higher than the Major League average. It is, at the minimum, a little hard to have sympathy for the guy.

      He also has 4 HBP that would be considered strikes!

      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/carlos-quentins-hbp-zone/

    • stercuilus65 - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      Quentin had to be retained by police also you. Quit posting this retarded garbage you tool.

    • bigharold - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      “Then Greinke says something to Quentin after hitting him on purpose.”

      Nonsense! There is absolutely no evidence that Greinke hit him on purpose. Forget abut the close game or the count, if his intention was to hit him why did he throw 5 pitches to get it to a 3-2 count first?

      “And for Mattingly to even TRY to say that Quentin crowds the plate is ludicrous.”

      Check the records baseballreference.com is free.

      He does crowd the plate, in fact you should review the video, he made no attempt to get out of the way, .. None! The pitch to Kemp was far closer to hitting Kemp than the pitch that hit Quentin but Kemp made an effort to get out of the way. If his MO isn’t crowding the plate then explain how it is that he lead the NL and the AL in HBP for the last two seasons, respectively, yet played in about half the games? This guy gets hit at about a rate of 5% of his PAs. Perhaps it is HIM?

      If one reviews he video to see what happened, .. takes into consideration the context of a close game with a 3-2 count and the fact that Quentin made NO attempt avoid the pitch there is no way one could consider that Greinke deliberately hit Quentin unless one is willing to suspend logic, reason and facts. Had Quentin not blown a gasket and taken his base, .. like a grown up professional baseball player, .. there is no way that that pitch would have lead to any sanction by MLB nor even a warning issued by the umpires. Why? Because he clearly was not trying to hit the batter.

      Quentin should have received a 10 game suspension as that many games would likely match the number of starts Grenike will likely miss.

  12. rohlo - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    In a 2010 game between the Reds and Cardinals, a bench clearing brawl erupted. Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto KICKED Cardinals catcher Jason Larue IN THE HEAD. Larue suffered a severe concussion, followed by post-concussion symptoms. Jason Larue never played another MLB game in his career.

    Cueto effectively ended Larue’s career with a kick to the dome. His punishment? Suspended SEVEN games.

    Quentin shoulder bumped and then wrestled with Greinke, who unfortunately happens to be very frail. No punches or kicks were thrown.

    This is a three day suspension, at most.

    Get some perspective Dodgers fans.

    • bigharold - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      Perhaps MLB is trying to cease this type of asinine behavior? And, pointing out that MLB should have responded more forcefully in a more grievous situation is not exactly proving your point. Quentin should have received a 10 game suspension, .. one game for every start Grenike will likely miss.

      Getting HBP is part of the game. Rushing the mound because one is a jackass that has a tendency to get hit, .. made no attempt to get out of the way, .. is not. And, that type of behavior should receiver significant sanctions.

      Oh, and I’m not a Dodger fan.

  13. fredski11 - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Who gives a s*** Padres suck anyway!!!

    • gloccamorra - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      If nobody gave a s-asterisk, there wouldn’t be so many people commenting here and on other related threads.

    • kpow55 - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      A bit harsh but it does make you wonder, if it were a team people paid attention to, would the story be more prominent and the suspension longer?

      Josh Hamilton charges Just Verlander, CC plunks Ortiz, etc…

    • Marty - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      The Padres sure made the Dodgers give a shit.

    • Marty - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      The Dodgers are second to last place in the west btw.

      • stercuilus65 - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        Dodgers 7-5 1.5 games out
        Padres 2-10 6.5 games out

        Suck on that fool.

      • Marty - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:26 AM

        I’m sure we will all consider the superiority of the Dodgers 3-4th place record when the Giants playing October.

  14. jaydoubleyou22 - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Amazing to see people sticking up for Quentin. Most probably weren’t watching the game and don’t know the game situation. Highly unlikely that Greinke would throw at Quentin there, and Quentin easily could have evaded the pitch but chose not to like he always chooses not to. It’s an OBP scam. If you want to crowd the plate and take cheap HBPs, SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND WALK TO 1B.

    Quentin is a meathead and so are the people on here who blame Greinke. With that said, I am also a meathead, so I hope Johnny Nobody Dodger RP puts a fastball in Quentin’s ear hole the next time that scumbag suits up against the Dodgers.

    • kpow55 - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      Remember Weaver vs Guillen last year?

      This will be similar, Weaver is still around and I had to google to remember Guillen’s name.

      Grienke is a borderline ace and Quentin is on the fast track to being the *remember that guy that…*

    • Marty - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      I saw Qunitin front then Quintin charge. I also saw Greinke plunk then Greinke talk some shit. These two events are related.

      Funny how you cite the “game situation” but can only rely on the pitch count. Greinke turns around toward the mound like a professional and he’d be pitching weds.

      • stercuilus65 - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        It’s amazing you can type with your head so far up quentin’s butt.

      • bigharold - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        “… also saw Greinke plunk then Greinke talk some shit.”

        You have absolutely no idea what if anything he said so your really just making it up at this point.

        Review the tape, .. Quentin makes no attempt to get out of the way, .. gets hit, .. then takes two steps towards the mound before he breaks into a dead run at Grenike. No visible indication that he had any intension of taking his base.

        Quentin acted like an ass and should be suspended for at least 8 games. For a guy that gets hit as frequently as he does, .. check the records he’s been hit the most in the NL and AL for the last two seasons, .. he should do a better job of acting like a professional MLB player when he does get hit, .. or at least act like a grown up.

      • jaydoubleyou22 - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        Marty, I’m guessing you’re a casual baseball fan.

        Pitchers don’t hit batters intentionally on a 3-2 count. Why? Well, for one, you are one pitch away from striking the guy out. For two, if you were planning to hit the batter, why would you waste FIVE pitches? In today’s MLB environment, pitchers go about 100 pitches. Why give away 1/3 of an inning just to hit a guy? Why not hit him on the first, second, or even third pitch of the AB?

        This is especially true given that Greinke had already thrown 82 pitches through just 5 innings. Pitch count has to be a consideration at that point in the game. If you’re Greinke or any other pitcher, you’re hoping for a quick inning so you can try to come back out for the 7th.

        Also, it doesn’t make much sense to hit a guy with no outs in the 6th inning in a game when you have a one run lead. You are putting the tying run on base with no outs. If there were two outs and it was a 2-0 count, I could say where Greinke might just give up on the AB and plunk Quentin, but the situation didn’t call for it.

        Finally, if Greinke were trying to hit Quentin, he wouldn’t have put the pitch in an easy to avoid location. It would have been right in the middle of his back. If Quentin had made even a small effort to get out of the way, that would have been ball four. Take your base sir, no psychotic roid rage required.

        Quentin used a mildly inside pitch to take out a grudge against Greinke. If you listen to the interview afterwards, he wasn’t even remotely remorseful about injuring Greinke. What this amounts to is that Quentin is a punk and he deserves everything that is coming to him the next time he steps onto the field with the Dodgers.

      • Marty - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        jay, you must be a casual reader because I never implied the plunk was on purpose. The s-talking by Greinke was. For the rest of your post, it was wasted. Didn’t read a word.

        Thanks for your time.

      • jaydoubleyou22 - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        Hey McFly, the talking came after Quentin had already taken two steps toward the mound. The two steps toward the mound because Quentin is a moron and actually thought that Greinke hit him on purpose (or at least said that as the basis for his ridiculous response). If he goes to 1B none of this happens. Greinke responded to Quentin taking exception to being hit by what was–based on the baseball situation–clearly an accident. So whether or not it was on purpose is very important… regardless of whether or not it matters to you.

        To recap: accidental HBP followed by aggressive posturing by Quentin, followed by a comment from Greinke, followed by… a psychotic sticks and stones rampage? Pretty hard to defend Quentin’s physical reaction to words and his stupidity for thinking that Greinke hit him on purpose, but kudos to you for ignoring reality and giving it your best.

  15. Marty - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Poor Zach. He was jus’ pitch-en.

  16. badintent - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Send him to the DMZ . Then let’s see how “tough ” he is .

  17. rooneyruleblues - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Loved this. Greinke will think twice before throwing at someone again. Dodgers are now the new Raiders of LA. Ghetto fan base, stab people in the parking lot. LA is a complete hole. Dodgers will find out that their little spending spree isnt going to work and that they can’t buy a championship. Mattingly will be fired at the end of this season and the rainbow Giants will win the NL west again this year.

  18. bubbalynch - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Padres fans are loving this attention. Loser town this side of the Mississippi! San Diego aka Cleveland

  19. aspinaci - Apr 15, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    Comparing San Diego to Cleveland is laughable. If given the choice I would take San Diego every time.

  20. xjokerz - Apr 15, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    No suspension deserved IMO

  21. baylj98 - Apr 15, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Carlos is a cry baby schmuck. He has no class as a ballplayer. He should be suspended until the Dodgers pitcher comes back. Next time they should throw curve balls at his legs and watch him dance. Now, that would be funny to watch.

  22. jimeejohnson - Apr 15, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Greinke’s lucky Carlos didn’t plant him like a tulip. Still, why would Greinke hit Carlos with a 3-2 count? A longer suspension would send a clear message, and I’m not a Dodger or Padres fan.

  23. qed - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    I’m speaking up on behalf of Quentin, and the larger issue involved here.

    I’ve always felt that pitchers who throw at batters, particularly multiple times at one individual (which certainly seem like something other than coincidental accidents) ought to to face the consequences of doing so — without their catcher or other teammates protecting them. A batter can get badly hurt by beanballs (think Tony Conigliaro, to name just the most infamous example), but the worst thing that ever happens to a pitcher is a fairly short suspension & insignificant fine . How “fair” is THAT, Donnie Baseball?

    I say: if you think you’re enough of a bad-a$$ to throw AT someone, then you should be tough enough to throw down WITH him, as well — without your catcher tackling him from behind.

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